Royal Navy News
The programme to replace the four boats of the Vanguard class ballistic missile submarines officially started on 6 October.
On this date, the first steel in the construction of the first of the so called Successor program, a new HMS Dreadnought, was cut at BAE Systems’ Barrow-in- Furness shipyard.
The new submarines will displace 17,200 tons and will, when they enter service with the Royal Navy, be the Navy’s largest ever submarines. They will also measure 152.3 metres in length and be home to a ships’ company of 130 including female crewmembers. New innovations, that are being incorporated into the new design, include a new type of lighting system that can simulate night and day conditions, which will help maintain the ‘normality’ of a 24 hour day and night on the human body.
The new, as yet unnamed, submarines will be armed with the Trident II D5 LE submarine launched ballistic missile and will enter service in the early 2030’s if the construction programme remains on schedule.
_THE German F123 frigate FGS Brandenburg, suffered a serious fire that forced the warship to return to her homeport of Kiel for repairs in mid October.
None of the crew was injured in the blaze and the ship managed to return home safely under her own power. Part of her propulsion system was, however, damaged and had to be repaired before she deployed to the Mediterranean.
A commissioning ceremony was held at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on Saturday 8 October to welcome the latest amphibious transport dock USS John P Murtha into service with the US Navy. The new warship is named to commemorate US Congressman and decorated Marine Corps veteran John P Murtha and will in future be based at San Diego. USS John P Murtha was commissioned in Philadelphia because John P Murtha was a representative in Congress for that State.
America continues to build warships at a pace and, as such, they need new names. US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, on 17 September, announced a raft of new names for future warships. Two Flight III Arleigh Burke class destroyers will take the names USS Jack H Lucas and USS Louis H Wilson. Two Littoral combat ships will be christened as USS Marinette and USS Mobile, whilst the Military Sea Lift Command will, in a few years time, welcome into service USNS John Lewis, USNS Harvey Milk, USS Earl Warren, USNS Lucy Stone, USNS Sjourner Truth and USNS Robert F Kennedy.